WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 25, 2019
The City's brand new Food Scrap Drop-Off Program starts Monday, April 1! Learn how to get started, what's accepted, where to drop off your scraps and more at www.collegeparkmd.gov/foodscraps . Click the image above to watch this video guide to the new program.
Free Shuttle-UM Bus Passes for City Residents
Did you know that City residents can get FREE Shuttle-UM passes? The Shuttle-UM bus has stops throughout the campus and City. Complimentary passes can be obtained from City buildings (like City Hall); just bring your ID and proof of City residency.

For more information or to fill out a printable application, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/transportation#buses.
Good Neighbor Day Food Drive
March 11 - April 8
The University of Maryland's Office of Community Engagement is hosting a Good Neighbor Day food drive now through April 8th, benefiting the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry.

They are collecting clear, canned and boxed food and drink items including dried pasta, rice, grains or beans, low sodium canned or dried soups, pasta sauce, baby food, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, low sodium/no salt added canned vegetables or beans, low sugar cereal and canned fish or poultry.

For more information or to register to participate in Good Neighbor Day (April 13), visit goodneighborday.umd.edu .
Early Gardener Special - 25% off SMARTLEAF® Compost!
Calling all gardeners - get the City's screened SMA RTLEAF® Compost for 25% off now thro ugh April 30, 2019!*

Sale is for Pickup Only.
For a limited time only, the City is offering our top-grade screened compost for only $21/cubic yard – 25% off its regular price of $28/cubic yard!

You must pick-up your purchase at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue), Monday through Friday, between 7:30 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Department will be open on Saturdays in April from 7:30 a.m. until noon.

For more information about the City's SMARTLEAF® compost, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost or call 240.487.3590.

*Discount is for pick up only. While supplies last. City residency is not required.
Office of the City Manager
City Manager Scott Somers met with a group of UMD students participating in an International City/County Manager Association (ICMA) Student Chapter to discuss city management as a career. About half of the attendees were specifically interested in and currently studying local government management, while the rest were pursuing education and career goals at the state or federal level.

City Manager Somers and Finance Director Gary Fields prepared for the second Budget Worksession, scheduled for Tuesday April 2, after the City Council meeting. 

City Manager Somers, Human Resources Director Jill Clements, and Human Resources Generalist Teresa Way-Pezzuti prepared for and participated in continued bargaining unit negotiations with the AFSCME labor union which represent a number of employees in the City’s Public Works Department. A tentative agreement has been reached. City staff will present and discuss the tentative agreement with the Mayor and City Council in a Closed Session meeting scheduled for April 2, 2019. Final approval of the Agreement will occur in Open Session at a subsequent meeting.

City staff met to discuss and prepare comments concerning updated schematics and concept plans for the City Hall Project. The City has had to pare down some of the anticipated programming due to budget constraints. An update on programming, design, costs, and timeline is tentatively schedule for the April 16 City Council meeting. 

City Manager Somers participated in a conference call with the City’s development consultant, HR&A, to continue discussion on how best to divide ownership of the City Hall block once the project is complete. The City and the Terrapin Development Company (TDC) each currently own a portion of the block, however most of it is owned by the City. HR&A will complete an analysis of the credits and debits associated with current and future ownership. The results will be utilized as part of a development agreement between the City and the University, which the City Council will be asked to consider approving at a future Council meeting.  
Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development
The first meeting of the City’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee was held on March 28. Members of the Committee were appointed by Mayor and Council in a resolution charging them with developing and executing an outreach strategy and action plan to raise awareness and identify hard-to-count populations and neighborhoods with historically low census participation rates. Kacy Rohn, Community Development Planner, serves as the staff liaison to the Committee and has submitted a grant application to the State Office of Planning for funding to support the Committee’s efforts. Grant awards will be announced on April 1.

Ryan Chelton, Economic Development Coordinator, presented the 2018 Annual Economic Development Report during the City Council meeting on March 26. The report analyzes the City’s demographic and employment status as well as how the City’s residential and commercial markets are performing. You may view a copy of the report by clicking here .
The City was informed by the Prince George’s County Planning Board of an Historic Property Grant Program award of $38,500. The City’s application was one of only ten applications funded and will be used to make exterior masonry repairs to the Old Parish House.
Department of Public Works
Met with University staff regarding the swale behind Tecumseh Street and 50th Place. The University will start cleaning the swale and trimming trees/brush next week.

Compost and wood mulch deliveries began on March 21.

The City’s new food scrap drop-off pilot program will begin on April 1st at Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, and will be accessible 24/7. For more information, please click here .

Sp ring is a great time to plant trees. If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options, 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov .

Are you thinking of adding a tree to your property this Spring? The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.

Spring Cleanup Events
April is spring cleanup month. The Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue, will be open each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – noon for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim. You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency in order to participate.

  • Document shredding. Onsite document shredding services will be available on Saturday, April 20, during the Cleanup event from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your paperwork to be shredded while you wait. Residency is required.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

50-gallon rain barrels for $72. Click here for more information.

Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.

Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (City residents) and $40 (non-residents). Click here for more information.

SMARTLEAF® compost ($28 cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12 cubic yard) are available for pick up and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
March 15 - 21, 2019
3/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 3 citations and 2 warnings were issued.

3/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and De Pauw Place. 2 citations and 2 warnings were issued.

3/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 citations and 4 warnings were issued.

3/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and De Pauw Place. 4 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

3/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. (63 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”)

Due to the ongoing complaint regarding fire lane violations at 4300 Hartwick Road we conducted several checks and issued 2 parking violations this week.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 53
Warnings: 154
Equipment Repair Orders: 11
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 3
Field Observation Report: 2
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 4
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 20
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 1
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
1st Thirsty Thursday
Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Nando's Peri Peri
7400 Baltimore Ave

Join the City/University Community every FIRST Thursday (of most months) for 1st Thirsty Thursday! Eat, drink and have laughs with colleagues and neighbors!

This event is appropriate for children of all ages (1 to 101). The upcoming April event will be held at Nando's Peri Peri in Downtown College Park (7400 Baltimore Ave).
Brunch with Bunny
Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave

You're invited to Brunch with Bunny!

Join us on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Ave).

The first 200 guests will enjoy free refreshments, photo ops with the Bunny and friends, arts and crafts and a special show by magician Tim Hall from 11:15 until noon.

For more information, email publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov or call the Community Center at 301.441.2647.

Presented by the City of College Park's Recreation Board.
Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Youth & Family Services
4912 Nantucket Road

It's the City of College Park's Annual Spring Egg Hunt!

Join us on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the City's Youth and Family Services (4912 Nantucket Rd) for a spring-time fun egg hunt. There will be face painting, games, prizes, arts and crafts, meet the Bunny and more!

This event is free and for all ages.

For more information, contact the Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at 240-487-3550.
Good Neighbor Day
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave

Join more than 900 volunteers for more than 20 service projects throughout Greater College Park in a community-wide day of service for the 8th Annual Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, April 13!

Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The event brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park.

Volunteer registration opens on Monday, March 4. Register at goodneighborday.umd.edu.
Want to Go Solar?
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue

Join the City's Committee for a Better Environment and the Solar United Prince George's County Solar Co-Op for an information session on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Davis Hall.

Learn more or sign up at solarunitedneighbors.org/pgcounty or mdteam@solarunitedneighbors.org
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession, including Part 2 of the Budget Worksession

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
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